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Merrill Krolick, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a general practitioner, adult cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. Dr. Krolick (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.31 stars (10 ratings)
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab is a specialist in spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ragab honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Ragab attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ragab is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Hussein Mohamed, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Hussein Osman-Mohamed is a physician who specializes in general practice, general surgery, and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Osman-Mohamed include pancreas problems, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic adrenalectomy, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal ... (Read more)

Dr. Emanuel L. Javate M.D.
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 2.71 stars (7 ratings)
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Emanuel Javate practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Saint Petersburg, FL, Seminole, FL, and Clearwater, FL. Dr. Javate's education and training includes medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Javate include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Javate takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard B. Rudolph MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.62 stars (12 ratings)
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Rudolph sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rudolph include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Rudolph is affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Katherine E. Dadisman DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 2.9 stars (5 ratings)
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Katherine Dadisman is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Dadisman's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Botsford Hospital for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dadisman honors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.66 stars (17 ratings)
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Santiago's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Ponce School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Santiago is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colon surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen K. Saravanos MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.75 stars (9 ratings)
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Karen Saravanos is a general OB/GYN. She is conversant in Greek. Dr. Saravanos's clinical interests include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Saravanos is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Mrs. Brooke Ellen Ritter D.O.
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 2.87 stars (4 ratings)
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Brooke Ritter practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Ritter's hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Sacred Heart Hospital. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Ritter takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Jose Luis Gallastegui MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jose Gallastegui specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. He attended Cayetano Heredia University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Gallastegui's areas of expertise include the following: pacemaker, echocardiogram (echo), and heart stent placement. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Stent Placement, Stress Testing, Echocardiogram, Pacemaker, Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 58
  • Charge (avg.): $2,000 - $3,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $542 - $929
Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Cardiology, Adult Nephrology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Layal Abdel-Rahman's medical specialty is general practice, cardiology (heart disease), and adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, gallbladder problems, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Abdel-Rahman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Abdel-Rahman (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Abdel-Rahman is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Henry Andrew Hazlitt MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
average rating 4.5 stars (8 ratings)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Henry Hazlitt is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hazlitt at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, cardiac electrophysiological study, and pacemaker. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hazlitt takes. Dr. Hazlitt attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Stent Placement, Stress Testing, Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Holter Monitoring, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 66
  • Charge (avg.): $2,000 - $3,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $543 - $944
Dr. Georgette J. McCance MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.18 stars (11 ratings)
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Georgette McCance, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. McCance (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCance include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. McCance completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. McCance takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Susan J. Fosnot DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.25 stars (5 ratings)
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Belleair, FL
 

Dr. Susan Fosnot is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and cancer. Dr. Fosnot's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Shelley A. Young MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.37 stars (2 ratings)
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Shelley Young's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Young's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Young's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Christine M. Cicco-Brown DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
average rating 2 stars (4 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Southwest
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christine Cicco-Brown's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Cicco-Brown's areas of clinical interest consist of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid problems, and sinuplasty. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cicco-Brown performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group (Florida), BayCare Alliant Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

All Interests: Neck Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, MRI, Sinuplasty

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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